Baseball Posts 2-2 Week

Splitting a four-some of games last week, Amherst baseball dropped from 5th to 8th in the New England Coaches' Poll as the Jeffs begin their final homestand this week. The team began the week with a 9-2 loss to Williams in Amherst's Little III debut. The Jeffs had taken a 2-1 lead in the 4th after a pair of solo homers by sophomore Hugh Quattlebaum (Andover, MA) and junior Greg Berchelmann (St. Louis, MO), but three errors cost Amherst four runs in the bottom of the 4th and 8th innings for the loss.

The Jeffs rallied, however, at Westfield state as Amherst posted a 10-run 7th inning off six of the Owls' nine errors for the game. A two-run homer by Berchelmann had tied the game 5-5 in the top of the 6th, and a run by Jordan Krall (Encino, CA) put the Jeffs up 6-5 before the Amherst onslaught in the 7th. Quattlebaum led off the inning by claiming 1st after interference by the catcher, and Amherst had already scrolled through the lineup before the first out was made. Junior Mike Grant (Mendon, MA) scored two of his four runs in the 7th as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Andy Ditchfield (Lebanon, NH) earned the win after six innings of work where he struck out four. Rookie Kevin Downes (Pound Ridge, NY) closed out the game, fanning five of his 12 batters faced and allowing only one hit in the final three innings.

Traveling to Wesleyan for a weekend doubleheader, Amherst dropped game one 7-2 after a six-run 2nd inning for the Cardinals. The Jeffs posted their runs in the 4th as Krall posted an RBI single to score Berchelmann, and the rookie shortstop came home himself on a triple by senior co-captain Dan Blednick (Melville, NY). Wesleyan had taken a 1-0 lead after four innings in game two, but Amherst responded with a five-run 5th where the Jeffs posted three of their five hits, capped by a three-run homer by Grant. This is the first collegiate home run for the junior second-baseman. Senior Jon Cross (Chevy Chase, MD) earned the complete-game win.


                       Hitting: 37 or more at bats             Pitching Statistics
                        AB      H       HR      RBI     BA      IP      H       K       ERA
Michael St. Clair '99   91      38      7       24      .418    
Whit Griffinger '00     37      14      2       9       .378    
Hugh Quattlebaum '00    96      35      6       19      .365    
Greg Berchelmann '99    87      31      4       18      .356    
Jordan Krall '01        71      25      0       14      .352    
Mike Sullivan '98       81      26      2       14      .321    
Mike Grant '99          67      21      1       14      .313    
Dan Blednick '98        56      16      0       16      .286    
Josh Carroll '98        79      22      1       14      .278    
Mike Sweeney '99                                                46.2    45      39      2.89
George Gumpert '99                                              2.1     3       2       3.86
Jon Cross '98                                                   43.1    48      31      3.95
Kevin Downes '01        5       4       0       2       .800    22.1    21      19      4.03
Mike Spirito '98                                                5.0     4       4       5.40
Andy Ditchfield '99                                             32.2    39      29      6.06
Graham Callaghan '99                                            29.2    48      24      6.67
Dave Siegle '01                                                 8.2     13      11      12.46
Team Totals             802     263     23      164     .328    190.2   221     159     4.91
Opponent Totals         779     221     16      108     .284    189.0   263     99      7.29

Current Record: 17-8, 16-7 v. Division III
Last Week:      at Williams, L 2-9
                at Westfield State, W 18-5
                at Wesleyan (2), L 2-7, W 6-1
This Week:      Tue Apr 28 Fitchburg State, 3:30pm
                Wed Apr 29 Wesleyan, 3:30pm
                Sat May 2 Williams (2), 1:00pm